October 22nd, 2016

TV film to show work of Warwick charity

Updated: 9:41 am, Mar 04, 2016

STREET children in Bangladesh who are supported by a Warwick charity are set to have their story told on television.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) runs two centres in Dhaka, the impoverished capital of Bangladesh, helping around 150 children aged eight to 16 to get education and health care.

The youngsters helped by the charity are set to feature in a short film which will be shown on the One Show later this month as part of Sport Relief. The BBC has also filmed a number of educational films which will be broadcast in schools across the country.

DAM volunteer Dave Sternberg, from Warwick, said: “These films tell the story of the drop-in centres used by street and working children in Dhaka.

“Hundreds of children use our buildings on a daily basis for schooling, help with health problems, food, rest, bathing and of course to feel love and belonging.

“Many of the children who use the centres do hazardous jobs such as operate machinery, exploitative domestic work and litter picking which makes them vulnerable to physical and domestic abuse on the streets. Some sleep rough every night.

“These films offer a good picture of what life is like for these children. It also shows that the charity offers them a chance to get into school, learn a less hazardous trade and provide safety, support and importantly restore a small sense of hope and ambition.”

DAM – which is completely funded by donations and runs from an office in Church Street – hope the films will raise awareness about the charity, which has been running for some 20 years.

They are also calling for residents and businesses to help by donating or volunteering.

Visit www.damuk.org to find out more.